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VFW National Convention Returns to Pittsburgh

It’s the organization’s first return to ‘the Steel City’ since its founding

An estimated 12,000 delegates, dignitaries and notable guests will convene in Pittsburgh for the annual national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) from July 18-22 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Though the convention is held annually, the location of this year’s convention is especially important to the VFW and its members. While the VFW traces its roots back to 1899, it convened to formally organize in the city of Pittsburgh in September 1914. It was then, at the Schenley Hotel — now the William Pitt Union — that the organization would adopt the name the Veterans of Foreign Wars and lay the groundwork for what is today, the nation’s largest organization of combat veterans. It’s the convention’s first return to Pittsburgh since the VFW’s inception. It’s also where Pittsburgh native John A. Biedrzycki Jr. will be elected as the organization’s new national commander.

  VFW National Legislative Service

The location of our Washington, D.C. office allows us to monitor all legislation affecting veterans, alert VFW membership to key legislation under consideration and to actively lobby Congress and the administration on veterans’ issues.

Everything we do on Capitol Hill is with the VFW’s priority goals and veterans’ well-being in mind. With the strength of the nearly 1.9 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries, our voice on “the Hill” cannot be ignored!

The VFW’s National Legislative Service advocates on veterans’ behalves. By testifying at congressional committee hearings and interacting with congressional members, the VFW has played an instrumental role in nearly every piece of veterans’ legislation passed since the beginning of the 20th Century. The VFW’s most successful and important legislative push was to make college education affordable for military service members with the signing of the 1944 GI Bill of Rights, the Montgomery GI Bill in 1984, and the new Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2008


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